Less than a year after the opening of its titular park, the second building on the Domino mega-project site developing along the Williamsburg waterfront is quickly rising.
Designed by COOKFOX Architects (the architect of record is Bhaskar Srivastava of dencityworks), the double-towered building, located at 260 Kent Avenue, is currently at 22 stories, with some of the white facade present halfway up one of the towers and on the four-story base.
The twin, interlinked design is similar to the first building completed as part of the development, the 16-story donut-shaped residential building at 325 Kent Avenue, on the southern end of the site.
It will eventually climb to 42 stories, the tallest in the neighborhood for now. There will be two retail spaces on the ground floor, with commercial office space, an exercise room, a residential recreation room, a kid’s playroom and a reading room.
Famed Bushwick pizza-shop Roberta’s will occupy one of the retail spaces.
One of the towers, which will be dedicated to office space, will end at 22 floors. The 42-story tower is residential and will have a planned 332 units and private roof terraces on the 28th floor. According to building permits, which don’t usually specify, 66 of those units will be income-restricted.
The iconic 1880s red-brick factory building, topped by the famed Domino Sugar sign, was landmarked in 2007 and will be adapted into offices.
In November 2017, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism’s unexpected and controversial new design for the adaptive reuse of the refinery was approved by the LPC. The development’s six-acre waterfront park opened to much fanfare in the summer of 2018.
Development at the Domino Sugar site has been in the works for some time. Two Trees bought the property from another developer in 2012 and proposed an ambitious $1.5 billion redevelopment in 2013. In response to the community and newly elected Mayor de Blasio, Two Trees increased the space given to affordable housing in the complex and prioritized its delivery.
Two more residential buildings are planned for the project. When completed, the entire development is expected to add approximately 2,800 new apartments and 4 million square feet of space to the area.
[Photos by Susan De Vries unless noted otherwise]
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